Black Friday is just three days away and, as such, the vast majority of 2011’s big holiday titles are already lining store shelves. With so few games slated to release during December, Mario Kart 7 figuratively has the track all to itself. How appropriate, then, that Nintendo has seen fit to release the game’s full track list in preparation for its December 4 launch date.

In addition to new racers and new carts, Mario Kart 7 is packing plenty of tracks. The game contains 32 courses, evenly split between brand new circuits and classics from the series’ past. Take a look at the list below. Did your favorite track make the cut?

Mushroom Cup

  • Toad Circuit
  • Daisy Hills
  • Cheep Cheep Lagoon
  • Shy Guy Bazaar

Flower Cup

  • Wuhu Loop
  • Mario Circuit
  • Music Park
  • Rock Rock Mountain

Star Cup

  • Piranha Plant Slide
  • Wario Shipyard
  • Neo Bowser City
  • Maka Wuhu

Special Cup

  • DK Jungle
  • Rosalina’s Ice World
  • Bowser’s Castle
  • Rainbow Road

Shell Cup

  • Luigi Raceway (N64)
  • Bowser Castle 1 (GBA)
  • Mushroom Gorge (Wii)
  • Luigi’s Mansion (DS)

Banana Cup

  • Koopa Beach (N64)
  • Mario Circuit 2 (SNES)
  • Coconut Mall (Wii)
  • Waluigi Pinball (DS)

Leaf Cup

  • Kalimari Desert (N64)
  • DK Pass (DS)
  • Daisy Cruiser (GCN)
  • Maple Treeway (Wii)

Lightning Cup

  • Koopa Cape (Wii)
  • Dino Dino Jungle (GCN)
  • Airship Fortress (DS)
  • Rainbow Road (SNES)

The original Rainbow Road, playable in true 3D? Fantastic! Though if any level of any racing game was ever apt to cause eye strain, that would be the one.

By opening up the game’s course design to include under-water and flying segments (as seen in the latest Mario Kart 7 trailer), the developers at Retro Studios have moved the series ever so slightly forward. That said, not everyone at Nintendo was so keen on making changes to the Mario Kart formula. Shigeru Miyamoto outlined some of his concerns in an interview with Famitsu, translated by 1up.

“I was actually pretty well against some of the customization features of the game, though. It can be fun to win money for racing and use it to buy parts and such, but I didn’t think that had much to do with the core fun of the series. The idea for that came from the studio staff, though, and my final response was ‘If you can build this customization on top of a solid control and gameplay foundation, then go ahead.'”

Despite Miyamoto’s concerns, things appear to have turned out well for Mario‘s latest day at the races. Famitsu awarded the game a ten and three nines, totaling 37/40 points — just three points fewer than The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword‘s perfect score. Look for Game Rant’s review of Mario Kart 7 when the game releases.

What do you think of Mario Kart 7’s track list? Any favorites you’d like to see made available as DLC?

Mario Kart 7 releases December 4, 2011, exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.

Source: IGN, 1up

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